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East Bergholt

Faculty of Physical Education

The Physical Education faculty is a real strength of East Bergholt High School, delivering an excellent balanced curriculum and providing a challenging, creative and enjoyable learning environment. Learning is seen as a two-way process and the students’ needs are fully considered.

Key Stage Three

Students experience a broad and balanced curriculum covering Athletic activities, Dance, Gymnastics, Fitness, Cross Country, Aerobics, Outdoor Education, Sport Education, Trampolining and Games (Netball, Football, Rugby, Volleyball, Handball, Tennis, Cricket, Rounders, Basketball and Badminton). Learning is arranged in mixed gender ability groups. Activities are taught with a gender bias where appropriate, for example rugby and netball, but mixed gender for activities such as fitness and badminton allow all students to work in a more challenging environment and further support their learning. Teaching can therefore focus on the specific needs and ability of each group. Within Year 8 “Sport Education” is also taught. This activity lasts a half term and allows students to take complete control of their learning as they lead all aspects of the lesson including warm ups, coaching, analysis and evaluation, all under the supervision of their teacher.


Key Stage Four

Students have the option to take GCSE PE as well as follow a core PE pathway. The GCSE PE students who opt to follow the Pearson Edexcel course have 5 hours a week split between theory and practical lessons. Core PE is taught through “Key Concepts”. These are concepts that are sports specific, rather than focusing on one particular sport. Students will spend time learning how to “outwit opponents”, rather than just focusing on football. This therefore allows for much greater flexibility within the curriculum giving students a broader experience of sport and also ensuring activities such as: Flag American Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Softball and Golf are seen regularly in Key Stage 4 lessons. 

There is a high emphasis placed on extra-curricular activity in the PE Faculty and we offer an extensive range of opportunities for students of all levels and interests. There are many traditional team games involved in competitive leagues and cup competitions as well as other activities such as: Trampolining, Handball, Fitness, Cross Country, Badminton, Dance/Aerobics, American Football, Tennis, and Golf.  We are a successful School in most sports with many students going on to represent academy, county, regional and national levels.

The Faculty benefits from teaching in superb facilities which include a brand new 3G floodlit football pitch, excellent playing fields (2 football pitches, 3 rugby pitches, 2 grided areas,  an all-weather cricket wicket and a 400m athletics track. The four court Sports Hall has a viewing gallery, and adjacent is a Gymnasium with an excellent, recently upgraded, fitness suite completing the facilities.

In the summer of 2011 the Department had an Ofsted subject specific inspection and received the grade of “Outstanding”. The school has also been awarded Gold School Games Mark for the past 2 academic years.

In 2015 we were privileged to be runners up at the Suffolk Sport Awards as: “The School of Sporting Excellence & Participation of the Year Award” for which we were the only high school shortlisted in the county.


Supporting Resources:

GCSE revision guide recommendation:

REVISE EDEXCEL: GCSE Physical Education Revision Guide (Purple book)
REVISE EDEXCEL: GCSE Physical Education Revision Workbook (Purple book)

PE Twitter account -@EastBergholtPE

Staff and Responsibilities:

  • Mr B. Lawrence, Head of Faculty
  • Mr N. Weedon, Year Leader
  • Mrs D. Owen, Year Leader
  • Mr S. Worne, Teacher of PE & Maths
  • Miss A. Parker, Teacher of PE
  • Miss G. Malster, Teacher of PE
  • Mr P. Thomas, Teacher of PE